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Returning to exercising post COVID? Fitness trainer Namrata Purohit tells how to do it safely

Published on:12 May 2021, 11:42am IST
Returning to your workouts after recovering from COVID-19? Here are the few pointers celebrity fitness trainer Namrata Purohit would like you to consider.
Aayushi Gupta
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Let your body heal completely before you return to your workout sessions. Image courtesy: Namrata Purohit | Facebook

Those of you who are either recovering or have recovered from COVID-19, know that returning to a normal routine is quite an uphill task. The body takes a heavy toll when infected with this virus and one tends to feel lethargic and worn out when recovering or even post recovery in many cases. 

If you’re a fitness enthusiast, then you surely miss workout sessions and must be wondering about the correct approach towards returning to your fitness routine. While exercising is important for improving and maintaining overall health, it’s equally critical to have a gradual and slow return to exercising after recovering from COVID. Fortunately, to help you navigate these uncharted waters, celebrity fitness trainer Namrata Purohit recently took to Instagram reels to share some tips. 

She wrote,”Just a few things you should do before you start working out again! Talk to your doctor! Be careful, take it very easy, listen to your body!”

 

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Here’s what you need to know before getting back to your workouts
1. Consult with your doctor

Those of you who have recovered from COVID-19 and would like to start working out again, should on priority consult your doctor before resuming any form of exercise. After the go ahead from your doctor, in case you experience symptoms such as chest pain, irregular heartbeat or severe shortness of breath while exercising, then stop exerting yourself and check-in with your doctor.

2. Be careful

The ideal way to resume a workout session after COVID-19 recovery is to start slow. Namrata suggests, ‘Take it easy and start slow’, meaning that you start with simple and low-intensity exercises. Since your body is still weak, avoiding indulging in strenuous activity is recommended.

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3. Take it easy

She advised to keep checking your heart rate regularly, ensuring that it’s not high. In fact, she also suggested that you could test your heart rate by doing a ‘talk test’, by saying a long sentence without gasping for breath.

4. Listen to your body

Lastly, always listen to your body and give it time to readapt to exercise and physical exertion. Keep monitoring yourself regularly and do consult with your doctor if you feel any discomfort.

So, starting slow with getting back to your workout sessions is the key to taking care of yourself after recovering from COVID-19.

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